Jumping off the thank you train today…for a quick Friday funny.
A classic spectrum moment.
On his way home this week my husband decided to bring us all ice cream treats.
His treat? Ben & Jerry’s Phish Food Ice Cream (yes…the entire pint in one sitting)
Tucker: Matt, what kind of ice cream do you have there?
Matt: Phish food – you would love it. (He gets a big scoop) Here try some.
Tucker: What’s in it?
Matt: (Showing him the container). It says right here.
Tucker: Chocolate ice cream yum, oooo I love marshmallow, caramel swirls, and WHAT? Fudge Fish? Gross. No thanks.
We all pause and look at eat other.
Tucker: Seriously! Why would you put fish in ice cream and where do you catch fudge fish?
No he was not kidding. Yes, he was disturbed.
At which point Matt finds a ‘fudge fish’ in the pint and explains that it’s not actually fish. That Ben & Jerry’s uses fudge shaped as fish. Then he offers the fish for Tucker to try. Tucker refuses. He bites the fish in half to ‘prove’ it’s not a real fish. Tucker still refuses.
Thus the life of a spectrum family. Yes – this is a funny story. Yes, this would probably not be an uncommon story about families of toddlers – but Tucker is 13.
He doesn’t notice the environment that the words appear within or get the inferences associated with the words. The ‘fudge fish’ may appear on a container of ice cream but he can still only can imagine the type of fish he knows – ones in a tank, lake, river, or ocean. Why anyone would create candy in the shape of a fish is beyond him. He simply does not make the inference that fish and ice cream don’t belong together.
Happy Friday Friends! Enjoy the holiday weekend….treat yourself to some Phish Food ice cream. It’s not only delicious but has a purpose!
“Since 1983 Phish have pioneered a genre-defying style of improvisational rock and earned themselves one of the most devoted fan bases of all time. They are unlikely rock gods. They’ve never had a hit single, they made one music video that went nowhere. They’re just four guys who met at college in Vermont and loved to practice, loved to play, and were committed to giving their fans a transcendent experience every night.
On March 18th, 1997, Ben & Jerry’s and Vermont-based jam band Phish launched Phish Food® with a special one-off show and ice cream bash. As the curtain went up, Ben and Jerry took the stage to introduce the flavor and the band. Ben explained that working together to create the ice cream flavor was born out mutual respect and “a real spiritual connection.”
What united both sides was deep passion for the environment in their home state of Vermont. The band members all agreed to funnel their royalties from Phish Food towards environmental causes. They were particularly interested in cleaning up Lake Champlain, the 125 mile long lake on the border of Vermont, New York, and the Canadian province of Quebec.”